Tuesday, August 7, 2007

DURECT Corporation

DURECT Corporation is a NASDAQ listed security that has been trading in a range between $3.18 and $5.55 over the past year. With 69,401,800 shares outstanding, a recent price of $4.35 gives a total market capitalization of $303,278,942. While there are certainly larger companies, DURECT Corporation has definitely earned its place in the pack. Last year, DURECT Corporation created $-0.53 in earnings for every share outstanding.

DURECT Corporation is currently priced by the market at 0.00 times last year’s earnings. Many trading multiples around the world are quite attractive these days, but don’t be fooled. A Price to Earnings ratio of 0 simply means that the security didn’t make any money last year.

With a share price under $50 a share and earnings per share below $1 a share, DURECT Corporation is unlikely to be an interesting value proposition. Consistent earnings are the key to high valuations and this security is not on its way.